It only took three and a half months, but I can finally say I finished my nightstand project! Thank goodness the Pinterest Challenge rolled around, because otherwise I’m not sure I would’ve ever completed it – thank you Sherry, Katie, Megan & Michelle for giving me the kick in the butt I needed to get this thing done.
I’ve needed a nightstand since I moved back to Philly in August. One side of my bed has a full-length mirror and the other, for over half a year, has had my patio table in place of a proper piece of furniture. Oops. The problem with putting something there temporarily is, that since it worked just fine, I wasn’t exactly motivated to replace it with something better. I decided quite a while ago (evidence) that I wanted to try and change up the well-known RAST dresser from IKEA. After looking over tons of inspiration, I decided on something similar to what Kate had done and written about on her blog here. I debated doing something with fabric, but I was more confident in my ability to use paint and stain; also, I loved how it looked (duh). My original pinsperation:
Let’s get right to it…here’s the before:
And the after:
A slightly closer-up shot:
It’s currently proudly displaying Pinterest Challenge #1. Just like my last Pinterest Challenge, I’m really happy with the results. It wasn’t difficult, took very little DIY skill – this was my first time staining! – and the end result is just what I wanted. Here’s a quick rundown of how I completed the project:
- Buy a RAST dresser at your local Ikea, as well as a small container of paint for the front of the drawers (I chose “Popcorn” by Martha Stewart), some stain in your desired color (I used a stain + poly combo to save time), a paint brush and a roller if you’d like. I used the box the dresser came in as a drop cloth of sorts
- Put together the frame of the dresser, as well as the drawers, but keep them separate. Some people paint & stain the piece before assembling anything, but I did it afterwards and found it to be more efficient and easier that way
- Paint the front and overhang of each drawer, and stain the frame portion. Try not to do what I did, and remember to stir the stain before applying
- Let dry, and then finish assembling it. Put on whatever awesome knobs you found (the IKEA ones are lame) and you’re done!
How much moolah was it? The dresser was $35 and all the supplies, purchased together at Home Depot, came to $12.37. The knobs were $2.95 each at Anthropologie (on sale of course), which totaled $17.70. All together, the entire project cost $65.07.
Overall it was a very easy and surprisingly quick project. From the time I opened the box to the time everything began drying, it took no more than 2 hours (IKEA tip: I use this handy-dandy drill for all the screws that come with the furniture, and it easily saved me 15 minutes on this piece alone). Not to mention I was an idiot and completely forgot to stir the stain before applying the first coat. I was shocked how light the Ebony looked (why I didn’t know something was wrong earlier is mindboggling), but finished an entire coat before realizing what the problem was. I actually convinced myself that “stain darkens as it dries.” Case in point:
Yeah, clearly that’s not Ebony. I realized my mistake and stirred the can (with a chopstick…use what you got, right?) before applying a second coat. Unfortunately the stain was thicker than desired at that point, since I’d used a lot of the thinner liquid already, but it turned out just fine. I think if I hadn’t made that mistake the wood grain would’ve shown through a little more and the stain would’ve dried more evenly. But hey, I’m learning as I go.
And there you have it. A (long overdue) project complete, and one more Pinterest Challenge under my belt. Can’t wait for the next one!